Prince Andrew’s attempt to stop the sexual abuse trial was shot down by a US judge – National

Prince Andrew’s attempt to immediately block the course of a trial of a woman who says he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 _ on the grounds that she no longer lives in the United States _ was rejected by a federal judge when oral arguments were to continue Monday on the prince’s request to dismiss the trial.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said Friday in a written order to the prince’s lawyers that they must hand over documents according to the schedule set in the lawsuit filed in August by Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre says she was abused by the prince on several occasions in 2001, while she was sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein. The prince’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has called the trial “unfounded”.

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The order was placed three days before the planned public announcement on Monday of a 2009 settlement agreement between Epstein and Giuffre. Lawyers for Andrew say the deal protects the prince from claims such as those made by Giuffre and that it will be sufficient reason to dismiss the lawsuit.

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The prince’s lawyers had argued that the evidence was so strong that Giuffre does not reside in the United States that it was pointless to exchange evidence until that issue is resolved because it could result in the trial being dismissed.

They claim that Giuffre has lived in Australia except for two of the past 19 years, has an Australian driver’s license and lives in a $ 1.9 million home in Perth, Western Australia, where she has raised three children with her husband, who is Australian.

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In a statement, Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley called the request to stop the case “just another in a series of tiring attempts by Prince Andrew to evade and evade the legal justifications of the case Virginia Giuffre has brought against him. All parties to the lawsuit are subject to discovery, and Prince Andrew is no exception. “

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Kaplan noted in a one-page order that the prince’s lawyers have requested that “extensive” materials be handed over by Giuffre by January 14, including documents related to where she has lived. And he said the prince’s lawyers have not yet formally raised the defense that the trial cannot continue on the grounds that Giuffre has lived in Australia rather than Colorado, where her lawyers say she is a resident.

On the cover of a September 2015 lawsuit, Giuffre listed his address as Penrose, Colorado. In the cover letter to a lawsuit from April 2019, she listed her address as Palm Cove, Australia, and marked a box as “citizen or subject in a foreign country.” But in her lawsuit against the prince, she listed her address as Ocean Reef, Western Australia, but ticked a box that said “citizen of another state.”

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Kaplan’s order expressed no opinion on the justification of the prince’s claims that Giuffre should be disqualified from suing because she lives in Australia.

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Oral arguments via a video teleconference about the prince’s request to dismiss the case are scheduled for Monday morning.

In October, the prince’s lawyers attacked the trial on several grounds, saying Giuffre had made false allegations against Andrew because he “never abused or assaulted” her sexually.

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“Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to obtain another payday at his expense and at the expense of his next of kin. Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew,” the written arguments said.

Epstein killed himself in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.

His ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was convicted on Wednesday of charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy after a month-long trial.

The Associated Press typically does not identify individuals who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to appear in public, as Giuffre has done.

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